Sisters' Profiles


Sr. Margaret Haydon, fmm

tn Magaret HaydonSister Margaret I. Haydon entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, R.I. on June 13, 1937 and had her final profession on December 15, 1942. She began nursing studies in 1940 at St. Anne’s School of Nursing in Fall River, Ma. After obtaining her license as a registered nurse, she was sent in mission to Cardinal Hayes Home for Children in Millbrook, N.Y. as the nurse for the Home.  All of her subsequent ministries were in nursing, alternating among the four Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Child Care facilities - Cardinal Hayes Home for Children, McMahon Child Care Home, Divine Providence Child Care Home in Manhattan, N.Y. and St. Francis Sanatorium in Roslyn, N.Y. which was devoted to the care of children with rheumatic fever. December 1965, she was sent in mission to Cuatitlan, Mexico and subsequently to other communities in Union Hidalgo, Motozintla Chiapas. Michoacán San Pedro, Leon Rancho Alvernia, and Honduras Siltepec Chiapas serving always as a nurse. She was and still is fluent in both Spanish and the dialect of Zapoteco. Missioned back to the United States, her ministries were in Pastoral care in Divine Providence Shelter, Manhattan, N.Y., St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, N.Y. and in Roger Williams Hospital, Providence. Her present ministry as a resident of St. Antoine’s Residence is intercessory prayer for the Church and the world.



Sister Mary (Nancy) Cabral, fmm

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Sister Mary (Nancy) Cabral entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1985 in Chicago, IL.  During her novitiate, she ministered to abused women in Good Shepherd House.  During the summer she worked with the migrant workers in North Carolina.  Nancy pronounced her First Vows in 1988 and was sent to the Pre-novitiate house in St. Jerome's Parish to attend the Lay Ministry Course of the Archdioceseof Chicago and to attend Harry S. Truman Community College where she studied for her Associate's Degree.  She was the editor of the college paper and served one year on the Community College Board of Chicago.  During this time she went to the Young Religious Meetings in Peru, Mexico and Canada.

Sister Joel Irene Zarotiadou, fmm

Sr. Joel, fmmSr. Joel was born in Siberia of a Russian mother and a Greek father. Her family moved to Manchuria, China when she was still a young child. When her mother died, Joel was nine years old. Her father wanted to assure her good care, and so he placed her in a boarding school run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

Joel lived through many difficult and tragic circumstances: the war with the Japanese, the Russian invasions and finally in 1949, the Chinese Communists’ take-over of the convent that was attached to the orphanage and school at Harbin. The orphans were sent to Russia but Joel stayed on. With this take-over, traveling from place to place was not allowed. But her desire to enter the convent along with her characteristic persistence drove Joel to visit the local police commissioner every day asking him for permission to go to Peking to enter the convent. At last, like the judge in the Gospel who wanted to get rid of the annoying widow, the police gave in, and Sr. Joel was able to enter the novitiate of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Peking, now known as Beijing, in 1949.

Sr. Mary Petrosky, fmm

tn Mary PetroskywebselectMary Petrosky entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 1951 in North Providence, RI. After making her First Vows, Mary studied in Boston at Emmanuel College, graduating in 1957 with a sociology degree. She pronounced her Final Vows in Boston in March of that same year and was sent to the Midwest where she earned her MSW from St. Louis University in 1959. Many of her ministries were in social work here in the US, Australia and Papua New Guinea. , Mary was named Director of Social Services at McMahon Children's Services in Harlem, NY. Other ministries were in leadership and religious formation here and in overseas missions.


Her present ministries are Spiritual Direction, Local Coordinator of her community and Provincial councilor.


Sister Anne Kelly, fmm 

tn_Kelley Sister Anne Kelly entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1950 at the age of seventeen. After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1953, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Emmanuel College with a major in Mathematics.  She pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1956 and was sent in mission to St. Anthony’s Community in Fall River, MA. Where Sr. Anne taught the fourth grade at Espiritu Santo School for one year.

In July l958, Sr. Anne was sent to Rome where after one month, was missioned to Pakistan where she spent nine years as a Professor of English in Nazareth College in Hyderabad.


Sr. Aline Giroux, fmm

tn AlineGWEBSr. Aline Giroux, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 15, 1952 In North Providence and pronounced her Final Vows September 17, 1959. Most of Sr. Aline's ministries have been in the health care field. After obtaining her license as an R.N. she did staff nursing in St. Louis and North Providence. Then she was sent to St. Francis Cardiac Hospital in Long Island where she was the assistant supervisor in the operating room, followed by serving as administrative assistant in charge of four hospital departments. After completing studies leading to an MBA, she became the assistant administrator of St. Francis Hospital, Long Island. Sister has served in administration in facilities in the United States and in Africa. Her present ministries are Director of the Fruit Hill Day Services and serving on the Board of Directors for Franciscan Children's Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Brighton and the Board of the Fruit Hill Day Services for the Elderly.


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